Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Special Guante Showcase on June 9, National Poetry Slam news, new album, more

1. My next Twin Cities show is a big one; hope you can make it:

A NIGHT WITH GUANTE 
Saturday, June 9 at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis.
10pm.  $10 at the door or $6 if you buy them here.

I got a 2012 MSAB Artist Initiative grant, and I'm using it to get high quality video of a full performance-- half spoken-word theater, half rap show. DJ/producer Big Cats! will be there, and we'll be previewing a couple of tracks from the new album. The 2012 Twin Cities National Poetry Slam team will be there too. If you've never seen me perform before, this will be the perfect introduction. Facebook event page here. (Photo by B-FRESH).

Guante is a fiscal year 2012 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the Minesota State Legislature from the State’s arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

2. I won the Minneapolis poetry slam finals, so now I'm going to the National Poetry Slam this year in Charlotte.  After taking first place at Nationals as part of the St. Paul team two years in a row and then taking a year off, I'll be representing the whole Twin Cities as part of the TC United team this year... which is cool, since I live in Minneapolis anyway.  The TC team will be me, Khary Jackson, Kait Rokowski and Shane Hawley.  If you're one of the half-dozen people in the world who follow the "sport" of poetry slam, you'll know that that's a pretty scary team.

3. The new Guante & Big Cats! album, "YOU BETTER WEAPONIZE," is the best thing I've ever done.  We're wrapping up production now, and it'll come out this Fall.  In a year where we've seen or will see huge releases from Brother Ali, P.O.S., Kristoff Krane, Carnage, Toki Wright, Heidi Barton Stink and I Self Devine, not to mention non-locals like Aesop Rock, Killer Mike, El-P, Big KRIT and many more, I can say with no doubt that this album will still be something special.  After all, the goal isn't to be better than everyone else, it's to bring something new and unique to the table.  And we'll definitely be doing that.  I can't tell you how excited I am.

4.  I rearranged some stuff on this site.  Now, all of my spoken-word videos are on one page and all music videos are on another.  Check 'em out, and please share if you like them-- Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, whatever.  I really appreciate it.

5. It's been the busiest six months of my life.  From in-depth artist-in-residence gigs at Highland Park in St. Paul, Roseau and Karlstad, MN, plus one-time lectures, workshops and panels at dozens of schools, plus a ton of big shows (opening for Doomtree in St. Cloud, Hip Hop Against Homophobia in Northfield, MN Slice at Intermedia, Heidi Barton Stink's CD release, hosting Augsburg's Spring Jam, playing at a bunch of different colleges), plus writing and recording new material, plus moving, plus working on some projects that I can't even announce yet... I appreciate the support.  Any time someone posts a video to their FB wall, or shares a CD with their friend, or shouts me out on Twitter-- it all makes a difference.  Thanks again.  Here's footage of me working with the students in Roseau:

2 comments:

Luke Mochrie said...

I can't wait for the new album man!! It's a long wait till fail, but I guess i'll have to tough it out. Also, i was completely unaware that P.O.S. was releasing a new album. Thanks for the heads up on that!

Luke said...

I can't wait for the new album man!! It's a long wait till fail, but I guess i'll have to tough it out. Also, i was completely unaware that P.O.S. was releasing a new album. Thanks for the heads up on that!